1st Edition

Group Psychotherapy Assessment and Practice A Measurement-Based Care Approach

Edited By Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Martyn Whittingham Copyright 2023
    268 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Group Psychotherapy Assessment and Practice is the definitive guide to assessment in group therapy, offering the reader a means to understand and implement group therapy screening, process, and outcome tools.

    Geared to group psychotherapists as well as academics, this state-of-the-art text provides the reader with a framework to support and augment clinical judgment as part of routine clinical practice. It demonstrates how utilizing measurement-based care collaboratively with clients can help maximize therapeutic processes and mechanisms of change. This book shows how measures can improve the detection of client worsening and prevent premature dropout – two factors that contribute greatly to our duty to client care. Leading experts in the field provide examples of new measures that can enhance multicultural training and group leader cultural sensitivity, illustrating how awareness of diversity can enhance clinical practice and provide more contextually responsive treatment.  Examples of cross-cultural adaptations of measurement are also included that place group therapy assessment within an international framework. 

    This modern guide provides practical tools such as handouts, measures to aid in member selection, and methods of tracking progress and outcome to strengthen the group leader’s effectiveness.

    1.  Assessment in Group Therapy: An Introduction and Overview

    Martyn Whittingham, Rachel Arnold, and Gary Burlingame

    2. Group Selection, Group Composition, and Pre-Group Preparation

    Anthony S. Joyce and Cheri L. Marmarosh

    3. Process Measures

    Joseph R. Miles, Bernhard M. Strauss, and Les R. Greene

    4. Assessing Outcomes in Group Psychotherapy

    Martin Kivlighan and Giorgio A. Tasca

    5. Enhancing Group Therapy Outcomes with Measurement-Based Care: Two Case Examples

    Paul L. Hewitt and Shi Min Liew


    Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D., CGP, AGPA-F is a Co-Chair of the Science to Service Task Force for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She recently co-authored The Ethics of Group Psychotherapy: Principles and Practical Strategies.

    Martyn Whittingham, Ph.D., AGPA-F is a licensed psychologist at Whittingham Psychological Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. He is the founder of Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT).

    "This remarkable resource - an American Group Psychotherapy Association publication - is an outstanding blend of accrued clinical wisdom and state of the art science. Written by an international cadre of leading clinician-scientist group therapists, this text illuminates how structured client assessment and preparation, combined with ongoing measurement of group process and client progress improves client access to high quality, effective and inclusive group therapy. All contemporary group psychotherapists will find great value in this excellent text."

    Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP AFPA-DF, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Past President, AGPA

    "This outstanding resource will change the way group practitioners approach their group work. By applying advancements in measurement-based care to group practice, the authors have laid an important foundation for improving group work through consistent client feedback. Well-written, comprehensive, and accessible: this will be the go-to book for guidance on tracking processes and outcomes in group therapy."

    Nathaniel Wade, Ph.D., CGP, Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

    "This volume, like its predecessor, constitutes another crucial step towards advancing measurement-informed care that is evidence-based and culturally responsive. These chapters together offer a coherent and systematic approach that transcends international and cultural boundaries to the unfolding process within the therapy group. I am confident this book will set the stage for an intriguing dialogue among group psychotherapy educators and practitioners, and for an exciting pipeline of research studies in the decade to come."

    Eric Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology, Fordham University